Getting to Yes

I was reminded yesterday of a blog post that I wrote a while back about True Grit, the persistent, relentless push forward quality that I see everyday in Entrepreneurs who get it. I have been talking to some of the institutional investors who have been interested in participating in the “Alternative Asset Class” that is…

Signy Kolbeinsdottir

Signy Kolbeinsdottir is the co-founder and Head Designer of Tulipop, an Icelandic designer giftware brand for kids. Signy is one of Iceland’s most celebrated illustrators and has had work published in prestigious publications on contemporary illustrations, including Illustration Now! by Taschen, and Crackpot Calendar by Die Gestalten Verlag. Signy holds a BA degree in Product Design from the Iceland Academy of the Arts.

Best of times to be an Entrepreneur and Venture Investor

I cannot emphasize enough the exciting opportunities that are in front of us. In case you have not noticed, Andreessen Horowitz announced the closing of a $1.5 Billion Andreessen Horowitz Fund IV. Yes, that is a Billion. In addition to that True Ventures closed a fund for $350 Million. The announcement by a16z is what…

Meniga – A Startup Profile

Meniga is one of the companies that came out of the financial collapse of Iceland. It is a Whitelabel Personal Finance Management software that is primarily used by banks and financial institutions to enable their end customers to better manage their finances. I have watched the company grow from strength to strength and I believe…

Two key deficits of the founder CEO…

… when compared with a professional CEO”. I had to complete the sentence because some of the founder CEO’s go on to become great CEOs but they don’t always start that way. I finished reading the book “The Hard Things about Hard Things” over the weekend and the last chapter captured the essence of where…

Taylor Davidson

Taylor Davidson is the Director of kbs+ Ventures, the early-stage venture investment arm of the advertising agency kbs. Taylor focuses on investing in innovations in enterprise marketing and advertising technology, and in addition runs an internal educational program called kbs+ Ventures Fellows, which teaches kbs+ employees about venture capital and entrepreneurship. He co-curated the book…

Bre Pettis

Bre Pettis has led MakerBot as CEO since its beginning in 2009, but has a long history of making things and inspiring others to make things. Prior to co-­‐founding MakerBot, Pettis co-­‐founded the Brooklyn hacker collective NYC Resistor, where MakerBot technology was first created, tested, and proven. He was instrumental in building the first prototypes…

Paul Miller

Paul is the founder of The Cloud of Data and offers analysis and consultancy at the interface between the enterprise and the web. As wider shifts such as Big Data, Cloud Computing and Linked Data become increasingly well understood, it is clear that new opportunities are created whereby the enterprise can more effectively engage with employees,…

Ben Kepes

Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an invester, a commentator and a business adviser. His business interests  include a diverse range of industries from manufacturing to property to technology. As a technology commentator he has a broad presence both in the traditional media and extensively online. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled…